- Jul 18, 2008
Short answer is you pay because you want to benefit from the system if and when you need it. You leave that money with a firm that manages it on your behalf for a service. You don't get a perfect service from them and probably don't completely understand what is covered and what is not, but you trust them. Great.Um.. precisely because I know my tax money in this country isn't going to get me and my family a damn thing if I croak or need hospital. It's the same reason I'm funding my own retirement. If you see tax as some kind of insurance policy you are deluded, unless you're ok with living on R1200 pm one day when you're old.
Baiting you? Why the insecurity?No, you're being obtuse. I pay a ton of tax. I get zero back. What don't you understand about that? And what do you think is fair about that? You sound more like you're trying to bait me on something here?
You have no understanding of things if you think you get nothing for your tax. However bad the current government is, you're not getting nothing. I'm suggesting you should separate the two issues of 1) the current government is corrupt and 2) paying taxes is for your benefit. All governments have corruption, it's the level that differs. No corruption is acceptable, but how do you think government should do this? Ask yourself what you think this country would look like without government collecting tax. Tell us how you would run it... or are you an anarchist and think governments should dissolve and leave individuals to do what they like?
Actually, how about this question:
Why do you still live in SA and pay tax that you get nothing for...?